First Deputy Foreign Minister of South Korea, Choi Jong-kun visited Doha yesterday. During the visit, he met with a number of high-ranking Qatari officials.
Jong-kun met with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. He also met with Qatari Foreign Minister Soltan bin Saad al-Muraikhi.
“He asked for the maximum possible support from the Qatari side to resolve this issue,” the South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement, as reported by Anadolu Agency on Thursday (14/1/2021).
Before visiting Qatar, Jong-kun first made a visit to Iran. The visit was intended to speed up the process of releasing the ship.
As is known, the South Korean-flagged oil tanker with a crew of 20, including five South Korean citizens, was captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf on January 4.
Iranian authorities claim the ship, which was carrying 7,200 tonnes of ethanol to South Korea from Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubail port, violated environmental protocol and was polluting the sea.